Direct Part Marking (DPM)
Direct Part Marking began in the late 1980’s as a result of NASA being able to apply barcodes to aerospace equipment that would not affect performance. From there, barcodes started being directly applied to parts in the automotive and aircraft industries.
Typically, the DataMatrix 2D barcode or a QR code is used for the direct part marking. With direct part marking, barcode labels are not needed, which could be beneficial in settings where extreme temperatures are reached and special barcode labels would be needed.
In order to mark a barcode directly onto a surface, they are printed via laser imprinting, dot peening, or ink jet depending on the surface material.
Deciding between barcode labels or direct part marking? Contact us to see which barcode printing solution is best for your application.